Gunslinger/Pirates Team Comp & Build
This comp has risen in strength over the course of the past few patches with multiple buffs to gunslinger units, and to Pyke. You get your power spike pretty early as long as you have a couple of good items and are able to find a Gangplank (who is essential in giving you the fourth gunslinger and third pirate). This composition will usually struggle a bit in the early game until you hit your upgrades, but will excel in the late game against nearly every composition once Tristana is Tier 3, and you find strong frontline units. The largest concerns I usually have with this composition is losing too much HP early being greedy and trying to farm gold while staying above the 50 gold threshold to maximize income, or losing to a strong Sorc/Elementalist comp later on as they can throw spells past your front line to threaten your backline. In these scenarios where you scout your opponents building strong Sorc/Elementalist comps, I would strongly consider building a Dragon’s Claw for your Tristana as her third item.
- Tristana, Graves, Lucian, Gangplank, Pyke, Cho’gath, Sejuani.
Early game you want to be picking up as many Tristana and Graves as possible, with trying to find at least one Lucian, Gangplank, and Pyke. You don’t have to go for Graves 3-star, as he’s a pretty bad unit without items, but I would consider (if you have an extra Giants Belt and a Chain Vest) putting a Red Buff on a Graves in the early game if he’s at least 2-star. You’ll get a solid power spike from this and might even be able to go on a win streak.
Similar to the Void/Assassin comp, your first big power spike is at level 5 when you have the Tristana, Graves, Lucian, Gangplank, and Pyke. You’ll optimally want to find at least one Spear of Shojin for your Pyke as well, and arguably these are more important than items for your Tristana at this point in the game, and through the mid game. The good thing is that there are a few good item options for this composition, Attack Speed items for Tristana, Spear of Shojin for Pyke, and Red Buff for Graves.
After you secure these 5 units, you’ll be pretty strong and want to find your 2-star Pyke and optimally your 3-star Tristana. This is when you can start leveling up to find strong front line units, such as Cho’gath and Sejuani, who are the strongest frontline CC units in the game currently.
Eventually if you’re able to find Miss Fortune in the mid/late game, I would almost always replace either Lucian or Graves with her.
You also do have a bit of freedom after you secure your Gunslingers. If you’re a less experienced player I would recommend to just find those strong frontline units to stand in front of your Gunslingers, as that would be the most consistent. But if you’re feeling experimental, I’ve seen many variations of Gunslingers be viable, even making a 3-star Graves with the Blademaster item, along with a Titanic Hydra and Hush to mass silence and deal tons of damage with all the Gunslinger and Blademaster procs.